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101 Weird Ways to Make Money: Cricket Farming, Repossessing Cars, and Other Jobs With Big Upside and Not Much Competition

ISBN: 978-1-118-01418-9
288 pages
July 2011
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Find creative ways to make money in businesses with little competition

Using interviews with unconventional entrepreneurs, the author's own wide-ranging experience with weird jobs, and extensive research, 101 Weird Ways to Make Money reveals unusual, sometimes dirty, yet profitable jobs and businesses. Whether you're looking for a job that suits your independent spirit, or want to start a new business, this unique book shows you moneymaking options you haven't considered.

Most of these outside-the-box jobs don't require extensive training, and are also scalable as businesses, allowing you to build on your initial success.

  • Jobs and businesses covered include cricket and maggot farming, environmentally friendly burials, making and selling solar-roasted coffee, daycare services for handicapped children, and many more
  • Each chapter features a "where the money is" section on how to scale-up and be profitable
  • Author writes a popular website and email newsletter on unusual ways to make money

Whether you're seeking a new career, an additional revenue stream, or a new business idea, you will want to discover 101 Weird Ways to Make Money.

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Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Part One
FUN WAYS TO MAKE MONEY

Chapter 1 Stealing Cars for Fun and Profit: Auto Repossession 5

Chapter 2 Drinking on the Job: Specialty Beer Brewer 7

Chapter 3 Creating Beauty and the Beast: Makeup Artist 9

Chapter 4 Count to Twenty-One: Casino Dealer 11

Chapter 5 Magic Money: Part-Time Magician 13

Chapter 6 Exploding on the Job: Demolition Worker 15

Chapter 7 Maybe It’s Not So Funny: Rodeo Clown 17

Chapter 8 The Business of Chasing Criminals: Bounty-Hunter 19

Chapter 9 Hilarious Income: Niche Comedian 21

Chapter 10 Juggling Burning Bowling Pins: Street Performer 23

Chapter 11 Digging Up Old Coins: Metal Detecting 25

Part Two
MAKING MONEY OUTDOORS

Chapter 12 Have Fun Frightening Geese: Golf Course Bird

Remover 29

Chapter 13 Killing Small Trees: Christmas Tree Seller 31

Chapter 14 Swimming at the Golf Course: Golf Ball Recoverer 33

Chapter 15 Medicating Maple Trees: Tree Surgeon 35

Chapter 16 Chop Wood, Make Money: Specialty Firewood Seller 37

Chapter 17 Wintertime Profits: Rooftop Snow Remover 39

Chapter 18 Paid to Exercise: Bicycle-Taxi Driver 41

Chapter 19 Your Product Cost Is Zero: Worm Grunting and Farming 43

Part Three
DIRTY AND UGLY JOBS

Chapter 20 Jiminy Cricket!: Cricket-Farmer 49

Chapter 21 Mopping Up Brains: Crime-Scene Cleaner 51

Chapter 22 Pumping Poop: Septic Cleaner 53

Chapter 23 Traveling Grease Monkey: Mobile Oil-Changer 55

Chapter 24 Another Pooportunity: Diaper-Cleaning Service 57

Chapter 25 Preparing the Way for Santa: Chimney Sweep 59

Chapter 26 CapturingWild Animals: Animal-Control Specialist 61

Chapter 27 Clean Up with This Dirty Job: Garbage and Junk Hauler 63

Chapter 28 Work in a Sewer: Wastewater-Treatment Worker 65

Chapter 29 Perhaps the Stinkiest Job?: Maggot Farmer 67

Chapter 30 Blood-Sucking Profits: Leeches 69

Part Four
INTERNET OPPORTUNITIES

Chapter 31 A Laptop in Bangkok: Selling Writing Services from Anywhere 75

Chapter 32 Get Rich with Unreal Estate: Virtual Worlds 77

Chapter 33 Give It Away and Make It Pay: Profit from E-Books 79

Chapter 34 Automatic Profits from Writing: Auto-Responder E-Mail Newsletters 81

Chapter 35 Paid to Write about Feet: Niche Blogs 83

Chapter 36 Be Master of Your Domains: Internet Names Buyer and Seller 85

Chapter 37 What’s Your Opinion Worth?: Online Product- Reviewing 87

Part Five
GREEN JOBS AND BUSINESSES

Chapter 38 Green Death: Environmentally Friendly Funerals 93

Chapter 39 Sleep on This Idea: Recycling Mattresses 95

Chapter 40 Computer Garbage Man: Electronic-Waste Recycling 97

Chapter 41 Be an Oil-Tank Tycoon: Old Fuel-Tank Remover 99

Chapter 42 Cash from Catalytic Converters: Scrap Metals Salvager and Seller 101

Chapter 43 Solar-Roasted Coffee: Unique Green Foods and Drinks Seller 103

Part Six
HOME-BASED MONEY MAKERS

Chapter 44 Be a Home-Based Slumlord: Room Renter to Friends 109

Chapter 45 Driving Home Your Profits: Used Car Seller from Your Yard 111

Chapter 46 Making People Pay: Judgment Enforcer 113

Chapter 47 Big Money in Metal Houses: Mobile Homes Flipper 115

Chapter 48 Judging a Book by Its Cover: Used Book Seller from Home 117

Chapter 49 Sell Your Dating, Design, or Dog Expertise: Specialty Consulting 119

Chapter 50 Staying Home Monday Morning: Virtual Assistant 121

Part Seven
WORKING WITH PEOPLE

Chapter 51 Handicapped Kids and Other Day-Care Niches: Specialty Day Care 127

Chapter 52 The Life of a Traveling Bartender: Drink Server 129

Chapter 53 Professor without a Degree: Noncredit College Teacher 131

Chapter 54 Coming into the Closet: Home-Organizing Consultant 133

Chapter 55 Students Pay You $50 per Hour: Specialized Tutor 135

Chapter 56 Prepping Grandpa’s Condo: Senior Services Provider 137

Chapter 57 Paid to Travel the World: English Teacher

Overseas 139

Part Eight
WORKING WITH ANIMALS

Chapter 58 Hooking Up Lady and the Tramp: Dog Breeder 143

Chapter 59 Making Pets Beautiful: Mobile Pet Groomer 145

Chapter 60 Paid to Visit Animals: Pet Sitter 147

Chapter 61 It’s a Walk in the Park: Dog-Walker 149

Chapter 62 Managing Noah’s Ark: Animal-Boarder 151

Chapter 63 A Car Full of Animals: Pet-Taxi Service 153

Chapter 64 Sit, Fetch, and Roll Over: Animal Trainer 155

Chapter 65 Caging Wild Kittens: Cat Enclosures 157

Part Nine
CREATIVE AND ARTISTIC WORK

Chapter 66 Bird-Poop Earrings: Unique Jewelry 161

Chapter 67 You’ll Like the Sound of This: Voice-Over Work 163

Chapter 68 Paint Yourself a Profit: Mural-Painter 165

Chapter 69 Putting Antlers on Dogs: Gadgets and Gifts Inventor 167

Chapter 70 A Burning Desire to Create?: Aromatherapy-Candle Maker 169

Chapter 71 Carving Out a Niche: Walking Sticks 171

Chapter 72 Profits from Painting People: Temporary Tattoos 173

Part Ten
BUYING AND SELLING THINGS

Chapter 73 I See Dead People Profits: Estate Goods 179

Chapter 74 Their Loss Is Your Gain: Storage Unit Auctioner 181

Chapter 75 The Middleman Always Gets His Cut: Liquidation Broker 183

Chapter 76 Barber Chairs and Other Opportunities: Used and Unusual Furniture Seller 185

Chapter 77 Finding New Owners for Old Shirts: Used Clothing Seller 187

Chapter 78 One Man’s Trash: Antique Treasure Hunter 189

Chapter 79 A Little Here and a Little There: Rack Merchandiser 191

Chapter 80 A Store with No Overhead: Flea-Market Dollar Store 193

Chapter 81 Profiting from the End Times: Survival Supplies and More Seller 195

Part Eleven
CLEANING JOBS AND BUSINESSES

Chapter 82 Sucking Up Dirt: Specialty Carpet Care 201

Chapter 83 Get Paid by the Banks: Foreclosure Cleaner 203

Chapter 84 The Money Is in the Details: Auto-Detailing Niches 205

Chapter 85 Cleaning Up after Trash Collectors: Garbage-Truck Washer 207

Chapter 86 Cleaning Up after Carnies: Event Cleanup Worker 209

Part Twelve
STILLMORE UNUSUALWAYS TOMAKEMONEY

Chapter 87 Be a Human Guinea Pig: Medical Research Subject 215

Chapter 88 Deep-Fried Butter: Unique Food Concession Businesses 217

Chapter 89 Secretly Watching People: Surveillance Worker 219

Chapter 90 The Parts Are Greater Than the Whole: Junkyard Business 221

Chapter 91 You’ve Got Their Number: House-Number Curb-Painter 223

Chapter 92 Playing with Plastic People: Mannequin Business 225

Chapter 93 A Sweet Job: Chocolatier 227

Chapter 94 Putting It All on the Table: Tabletop Advertiser 229

Chapter 95 Small Cracks Equal Big Profits: Mobile Windshield Repairer 231

Chapter 96 Driving Other People’s Cars: Contract Chauffeur 233

Chapter 97 Making Room for More Stuff: Shed-Installation Business 235

Chapter 98 Rugs for Students: Necessities Renter to College Students 237

Chapter 99 Beating the House: Gambler 239

Chapter 100 What to Do with an IOU: Note-Broker 241

Chapter 101 Animal Poop Coffee Anyone?: Rare and Unusual Foods Seller 243

Index 245

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Steve Gillman legally stole cars in the middle of the night while working as a repo-man. He has made money dealing blackjack, renting out rooms in his house, installing restaurant equipment, playing chess, selling mobile homes, assembling muffler brackets, hawking used stuffed animals at flea markets—and the list goes on. Eventually finding his entrepreneurial niche online, he has been writing for years about unusual jobs and businesses.
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July 11, 2011
101 Weird Ways to Make Money

Month after month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports unemployment rates that creep upward or stay dormant, leaving a bleak picture of the job market. With so many people out of jobs and competing against each other for those few positions that are opening in corporate America, it seems many may need to find a new career plan.

For those looking for out-of-the-ordinary career ideas, Steve Gillman, author of 101 Weird Ways to Make Money: Cricket Farming, Repossessing Cars, and Other Jobs With Big Upside and Not Much Competition (Wiley; Paperback and eBook; August 2011; $19.95; ISBN: 978-1-118-01418-9) shares hundreds of quirky, yet profitable, job ideas for those willing to take a leap into a new profession.

Using interviews with unconventional entrepreneurs, the author's own wide-ranging experience with weird jobs, and extensive research, 101 Weird Ways to Make Money reveals fun, sometimes dirty, occasionally dangerous, yet incredibly profitable jobs and businesses. Gillman groups the dozens of unusual jobs, such as cricket and maggot farming, environmentally friendly burials, making and selling solar-roasted coffee, into segregated chapters such as, “Making Money Outdoors,” Green Jobs and Business,” “Working with Animals,” and many more. Additional jobs and businesses explored include:

  • Crime-scene cleaning
  • Niche street vending
  • Septic cleaning
  • Salvaging and selling scrap metals
  • Fish tank cleaning
  • Chasing geese and other birds from golf courses

Whether readers are seeking a new career, an additional revenue stream, are currently unemployed or have dreamed of starting their own business, 101 Weird Ways to Make Money is targeted toward those who are looking for work that suits an independent spirit and freedom from bosses and corporate cube farms. The book delivers 101 alternative ventures along with the keys to making them wildly successful. In addition, most of these jobs don't require extensive training, and are also scalable as businesses, allowing readers to build on their initial success.

Gillman’s book is not just full of stories about interestingly abnormal jobs - it advises readers on how to become an out-of-the-box entrepreneur. Gillman guides readers though the concept, scaling up and hiring employees, then moving on to bigger ventures, such as contracting out to larger companies. A "Where the Money Is" section at the end of each chapter suggests ways to make more than a little extra cash or even more than just a living.  

Smart, creative people have already made millions of dollars in these “dirty” or “odd” jobs and 101 Weird Ways to Make Money shares the secrets for turning these strange ventures into moneymakers.

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